Jamaica Plain Residents Participating in Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Ten residents from Jamaica Plain will participate in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai on Sunday, October 2. Jamaica Plain residents Brian Silverstein, Jane Craycroft, Mary Jo Feeney, Laura Stevens, Julia Keating, Chelsea Heneghan, Zixi Liao, Ali Hogue, Nicole LeBoeuf, and Elizabeth Meneses-Diaz, along with thousands of other walkers, will participate in the annual event that will unite the community to raise funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Jimmy Fund Walk has raised more than $155 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 33-year history. Elizabeth Meneses-Diaz will participate as a Walk Hero for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Heroes are matched with Jimmy Fund Walk teams to give participants an opportunity to connect with patients.

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Jamaica Plain Residents to Participate in Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Five residents from Jamaica Plain will choose their own route on October 4th for the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Participants are encouraged to walk wherever they choose: around their neighborhood, a local hiking trail, a treadmill, or anywhere else they are comfortable. Jane Craycroft, John Munson, Stephanie Kreutz, Madeline Polak, and Scott Schreiber, along with thousands of other walkers, will participate in virtual programming during the Walk that aims to recreate the most inspiring elements of Walk day. While the event will not physically bring walkers together along the famed Boston Marathon course, it will unite the community to raise funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event has raised more than $145 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 30+ year history.

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Jamaica Plain Cancer Survivor Will Walk Jimmy Fund Walk with Son

Jamaica Plain resident Katherine Walsh will participate in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk as a way to give back to Dana-Farber for saving her life. In 2010, Walsh was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) when she was a graduate student earning her Ph.D. She was actually working in a research lab at Dana-Farber during this time. After her diagnosis, she took a break from her Ph.D and was treated at Dana-Farber. "When I was sick,” said Walsh. “I really benefited from the resources at Dana-Farber.”

Once she entered remission and finished up her Ph.D program, she knew she wanted to give back to the hospital that saved her life.

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